Children's Sabbath

Children's Sabbath 2018

October - December 2018
Realizing Dr. King’s Vision for Every Child:
Lives of Hope, Not Despair”


The North Alabama Conference Connection to the Pan Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty invites you and your congregation to Celebrate Children’s Sabbath.

Children’s Sabbath is different from a Children’s Sunday. Children’s Sabbath does celebrate your congregation’s children, but it also is a time (during worship, study, outreach) to invite our congregations to focus on the realities of children beyond our congregation. Children’s Sabbath is a way for our congregations to help children thrive – not just survive – the systems and circumstances impacting their young lives. If October doesn’t work for your church, then pick ANY Sunday before December 31 to celebrate Children’s Sabbath.

For more information: 

CONTACT: Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, North Alabama Conference Campaign Liaison at


Read more: Why United Methodists observe Children’s Sabbath


North Alabama Children's Sabbath Congregational Tool Kit

Download the 2018 North Alabama Conference Children's Sabbath Flyer


1. Liturgy for Children’s Sabbath Worship:


2. “North Alabama Conference Children’s Sabbath Video” and Study Guide:

Our gratitude to Pan-Methodist Campaign Founder and Candler School of Theology Professor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Luther Smith, for sharing his wisdom on our North Alabama Conference YouTube channel.

Video available at

Download Study Guide


3. Our North Alabama Conference Children in Poverty Facts:


4. Ideas for engaging schools in your congregation’s neighborhood:


5. Share Your Stories:

Email your stories to the North Alabama Conference Pan-Methodist Campaign team at


Did you know…

  • More than 1 in 4 (27.3 percent) of Alabama’s children were poor in 2015.
  • More than 24% of children lived in households that lacked access to adequate food in 2015.
  • More than 38% of Alabama’s 4th grade public school students were unable to read at grade level in 2015.


For more information:

Contact Rev. Melissa Self Patrick, NAC Campaign Liaison  at


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